Shari Redstone
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Redstone has emerged as the most powerful woman in media over the past three years as she reshaped the conglomerates controlled by her game-changer father, Sumner Redstone. After several failed attempts, CBS and Viacom reached a merger agreement in August 2019 — a $12 billion all-stock deal driven by her belief that the companies are better off together. The younger Redstone became chairman of ViacomCBS when the merger closed the following December. She proved her mettle as a strategist and negotiator, helping to overhaul the management and boards of Viacom and CBS in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Now all eyes will remain on her, considering widespread speculation that she’ll need to do more M&A to bulk up ViacomCBS even further.


  • ViacomCBS
  • National Amusements
  • Advancit Capital


  • Tufts University (MA, USA)
  • Boston University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
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Shari Redstone on CBS-Viacom Merger: 'We Are Going to Be a Leader in Content' (EXCLUSIVE)

Shari Redstone on CBS-Viacom Merger: 'We Are Going to Be a Leader in Content' (EXCLUSIVE)

Shari Redstone can’t wait to ring that bell. After three years and three tries, Viacom and CBS Corp. have been reunited as one company, ViacomCBS, as of Wednesday. The closing of the deal reached on Aug. 13 is a testament to Redstone’s tenacity and determination to change the direction of her family’s empire as she saw the business landscape around CBS and Viacom changing dramatically in the past few years.Although nobody wanted to see the CBS-Viacom merger come to fruition...


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